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Diet and Nutrition Discuss issues related to diet and learn about encouraging your budgie to a variety of healthy foods
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Old 06-11-2015, 06:02 PM
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Clouds seem to like flowers a lot. I found this in our garden this morning and, not being a botanist, am not sure what it is or if it's safe.

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I had absolutely no idea, as I'm not a botanist either, although that would be interesting.
It looked to me like parsley, except for the flowers.
Well, I looked on like 23433 (ok, not that many) NZ weed identification sites and I found that this weed is probably "Fumitory" (a.k.a fumaria), a flowering plant usually regarded as a weed, native to NZ, and used as a medieval cure for certain ailments. However, the stalks are poisonous, and high doses of the flowers can apparently shut down the respiratory system.

Here's more info on it: Common Fumitory, Fumaria officinalis - Flowers - NatureGate

So...I would probably take that out of his cage
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You're absolutely right, this is what it is and phew! Your answer didn't come a second too soon. Weed out of the cage and lesson learned (i.e. check first)

Am Also glad to report that this morning Clouds had a nibble of perpetual spinach from our veggie patch! This is now new green food No. 3 being accepted (or at least tried)

Better that than the fumitory
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Awesome, I'm so glad this helped!
Glad that Clouds is learning to eat his greens, too!
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My Linnies love dried flowers and instead of worrying if they are safe I buy a product by Twin Peaks canned Raw It Up. It is a nice side bag of dried flowers just made for birds. They also make a wonderful product called Herb Salad.

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Never assume anything is safe... If you don't know 100% what it is, then treat it as a poisonous weed... Glad you found out before your bird experimented with it!
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Never assume anything is safe... If you don't know 100% what it is, then treat it as a poisonous weed... Glad you found out before your bird experimented with it!
Yep, lesson learned. Lucky is so bloody fussy and does not experiment with anything until it's bee presented to him a few dozen times.

This afternoon he took a nibble of dandelion too. Amazing! It's only taken 4 weeks!

I suspect however that as he gets his bearings and becomes more comfortable/trusting, we won't have a few minutes to find out whether something is safe, so I'm not about to make that mistake again.
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My Linnies love dried flowers and instead of worrying if they are safe I buy a product by Twin Peaks canned Raw It Up. It is a nice side bag of dried flowers just made for birds. They also make a wonderful product called Herb Salad.

D-T4B81073 TEA4BEAKS Raw It Up Flower Power 10oz - TEA4BEAKS
Yum. Can I order some for myself?
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Could it be a type of parsley ?
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Could it be a type of parsley ?
Unfortunately not, Starlingwings was spot on: it was fumitory and I should never have put it in the cage. Lucky Clouds didn't go near it!!!
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